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Huffington, Chopra to Hold Public Meditation at UVa

Arianna Huffington, Deepak Chopra (photos from CBS News)

Arianna Huffington, Deepak Chopra (photos from CBS News)

Oct. 9, 2013

Deepak Chopra and Arianna Huffington are coming to the University of Virginia on Oct. 15 to lead a public meditation session on the Lawn.

Students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to join the meditation, which will begin at 2:30 PM. Huffington and Chopra will offer brief remarks from the steps of the Rotunda before Chopra guides the half-hour meditation session, which coincides with one of UVa.’s fall reading days, when students study for exams.

Attendees are invited to sit on the grass or bring a blanket or mat and will be asked to turn off their cell phone ringers to maintain a silent environment.

Chopra is a globally known doctor of alternative medicine and an accomplished practitioner of contemplative sciences, including meditation, yoga, deep listening, visualization and stress resiliency techniques. He founded the Chopra Foundation in 2009 to improve health and well-being, cultivate spiritual knowledge, expand consciousness and promote world peace for all peoples.

Huffington is the chair, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, as well as a nationally syndicated columnist and the author of 13 books. In May 2005, she launched The Huffington Post, a news and blog website, which won a Pulitzer Prize for national reporting in 2012. In 2013, she was named to the Forbes Most Powerful Women list. Time Magazine named her to its list of the world’s 100 most influential people in both 2006 and 2011.

Huffington promotes the power of contemplation to enhance leadership and decision-making.

“I'm delighted to be a part of the conversation that Sonia and Paul have started about how we can prioritize compassion, giving and well-being, and shift our attention to the many ways we can bring about positive change in people's lives,” Huffington wrote in an email. “This special day with the Contemplative Sciences Center provides a great opportunity to connect with the faculty, staff and students of a university that has placed well-being at the forefront of its priorities.”

Chopra and Huffington are guests of UVa.’s Contemplative Sciences Center.

In the event of rain, the meditation will be moved to the Aquatics & Fitness Center at the corner of Alderman and Whitehead roads. There is a 600-person capacity in the gym and access will be granted on a first-come, first-served basis.

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